Amorebieta as an Athletic Bilbao player
|Full name||Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras|
|Date of birth||29 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Cantaura, Venezuela|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1995–1996||Colegio San Miguel|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:29, 24 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Cantaura, Anzoátegui, Venezuela, Amorebieta met Athletic Bilbao's eligibility standards, having been raised in the Basque Country, and through his parents, both of whom hailed from the region. He made his first-team debuts in the 2005–06 season, becoming an undisputed first-choice in the subsequent La Liga campaigns.
Amorebieta played in a total of 47 official matches in 2009–10, helping Athletic reach the round-of-32 in the season's UEFA Europa League, as well as an eighth-place finish in the league; he collected 18 yellow cards in the process, being sent off twice.
On 15 April 2013, Amorebieta agreed to sign a four-year deal with Fulham on a free transfer effective as of 1 July, after the expiration of his link with Athletic Bilbao. The Premier League club officially announced his signing on 22 May, and he made his debut on 14 September, coming on as a substitute for Kieran Richardson in a 1–1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Amorebieta was part of the Spanish U19 squad that won the UEFA European Football Championship in 2004. In August 2008, he was called up by new senior team manager Vicente del Bosque for a friendly against Denmark, but did not leave the bench.
As early as 2006, Amorebieta expressed his interest in playing for the Venezuelan national team. However, according to FIFA rules at the time, he should have switched his affiliation prior to the age of 21, having previously played for Spain's youth teams. FIFA removed the rule in 2009, and talks between the player and the Venezuelan Football Federation resumed.
Finally, on 2 September 2011, Amorebieta made his senior debut in a friendly with Argentina, a 0–1 loss. On 11 October, against the same opponent but for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, he scored in a 1–0 home win, which signified Venezuela's first-ever win against the Albiceleste in the tournament.
Amorebieta also appeared in four matches for the Basque Country national team (a non-FIFA affiliate), debuting against Venezuela in San Cristóbal, Táchira on 20 June 2007. The friendly match, a 4–3 Basque win, was the grand opening for the 43,000 all-seated Pueblo Nuevo Stadium, after two years of construction for the 2007 Copa América.
|1.||11 October 2011||Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Argentina||1–0||1–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
- Athletic Bilbao
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2011–12
- Spanish Cup: Runner-up 2008–09, 2011–12
- Spanish Supercup: Runner-up 2009
- Spain U19
- "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Amorebieta cumplió su partido 200 con el Athletic" [Amorebieta played 200th match with Athletic] (in Spanish). La Vinotinto. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "El Fulham confirma el fichaje del defensa Fernando Amorebieta por cuatro temporadas" [Fulham confirms signing of defender Fernando Amorebieta for four seasons] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "¿Por qué en el Athletic de Bilbao solo juegan vascos?" [Why only Basque play for Athletic de Bilbao?] (in Spanish). BBC. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Amorebieta se vuelve 'loco' con los grandes" [Amorebieta goes 'crazy' with big clubs] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Fútbol.- Amorebieta (Athletic), cuatros semanas de baja tras ser operado con éxito de sus molestias de pubalgia" [Football.- Amorebieta (Athletic), four weeks out after successful pubalgia surgery] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Amorebieta: lo tomas o lo dejas" [Amorebieta: take it or leave it] (in Spanish). Deia. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Urrutia: 'Ya no hay oferta por Amorebieta'" [Urrutia: 'We no longer have an offer for Amorebieta'] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Former Arsenal target Amorebieta agrees to sign for Fulham on free transfer". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "Amorebieta arrives". Fulham FC. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "Fulham 1-1 West Brom". BBC Sport. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- "Amorebieta". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Amorebieta e Iraola, sorpresas en la lista de Del Bosque" [Amorebieta and Iraola, surprises in Del Bosque's list] (in Spanish). Marca. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Fernando Amorebieta dispuesto a jugar ya con Venezuela" [Fernando Amorebieta willing to play for Venezuela immediately] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Fernando Amorebieta no podrá jugar con la selección de Venezuela como quería" [Fernando Amorebieta will not be able to play with Venezuelan national team as he intended] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Age limit on players switching nations is removed". ESPN Soccernet. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Amorebieta debuta con Venezuela" [Amorebieta makes Venezuela debut] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Venezuela hizo historia a costa de una desorientada y cansada Argentina" [Venezuela makes history at the expense of dizzy and tired Argentina] (in Spanish). La Capital. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
- Official site statistics
- Fernando Amorebieta at ESPN FC
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
- Fulham official profile
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Fernando Amorebieta career stats at Soccerbase
- Fernando Amorebieta at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fernando Amorebieta – FIFA competition record